<meta name="title" content="Top Performing SUV Models For Sale In 2021 | Motus Select Blog">
Motus Select logo

Our Name has changed from Imperial Select to Motus Select. For more information click here

Motus Select News & Reviews
All articles
  • Top Performing SUV Models For Sale In 2021
    Uploaded 5 months ago

    Top Performing SUV Models For Sale In 2021

  • Car Parts: Genuine Vs Generic
    Uploaded 2 days ago

    Car Parts: Genuine Vs Generic

  • Automotive retail group launches first true digital brand - Motus.cars
    Uploaded 3 days ago

    Automotive retail group launches first true digital brand - Motus.cars

  • Road Accident To-Dos
    Uploaded 6 days ago

    Road Accident To-Dos

  • Advanced Driving: What it is & the Benefit to Your Ride
    Uploaded 1 week ago

    Advanced Driving: What it is & the Benefit to Your Ride

  • The Evolution of the SUV: Get Yours Today
    Uploaded 1 week ago

    The Evolution of the SUV: Get Yours Today

Top Performing SUV Models For Sale In 2021

Uploaded 5 months ago

Top Performing SUV Models For Sale In 2021

Top Performing SUV Models For Sale In 2021

SUVs have become highly popular with the South African – and global – consumer market and have skyrocketed beyond the realm of being a niche product that featured clunky designs with basic functions to cater to off-road drivers to becoming some of the sleekest and most sophisticated classes of vehicles available. Fuel consumption has vastly improved in larger vehicles and has further encouraged interest in going bigger and enjoying the benefits of owning an SUV. After all, the benefits are varied and plentiful: it’s a car that can handle any terrain while having enough space to transport people or lots of luggage with ease comfortably. Not to mention that SUVs are safer to drive than smaller vehicles: drivers have vastly improved road visibility because of the elevation of the vehicle off the ground, while other drivers are much less likely to overlook you in traffic or be aggressive when engaging with your vehicle. A larger vehicle is more imposing and garners more respect and caution from other drivers – anyone who has ever driven a micro hatchback and moved up to an SUV will attest to this. Not only that, but you’ll have a far more comfortable and secure driving experience in an SUV, as safety features are typically enhanced in these models. 

Here are a few of the top-performing SUVs available in 2021 if you’re considering buying a used SUV for sale

Ford EcoSport

Ford has made several improvements to its more recent facelift models of the EcoSport, including exterior and interior visual design improvements. While this model is a mini-SUV, it was created to cater mainly to the urban consumer market – in other words, people who want the everyday benefits of an SUV but who won’t need or ever use the off-road functionality. The EcoSport is perfect for taking on roads, traffic and modest dirt roads, but if you’re looking for an SUV that can keep up with the likes of a Land Rover when taking on mountains, this won’t be it. It has a ground clearance of 200mm, which makes it perfect for our South African roads, and all variants feature a 1.5-litre engine. Features include rear parking sensors, dual front airbags, childproof rear door lock functionality, infotainment system, ABS and air conditioning. Depending on the model’s variant and year, a used Ford EcoSport sells in the average price range of R150 000 to R399 000.

Mazda CX-3

If it’s a sporty, sleek look you’re after, the CX-3 is undeniably one of the best in its price category. It features a zippy 2-litre engine with loads of upgraded aspects, including 16” alloy wheels, hill launch assist, a push-button engine start, remote central locking, electric windows, infotainment system featuring four speakers and steering wheel controls. Safety is definitely not neglected on this model as it comes with six airbags, an ABS braking system and driving stability control assist. The Mazda CX-3 has also won several awards in recent years, including the 2018 Drive Car Of The Year award in the ‘Best City SUV’ category. Prices range from around R235 000 for 2018 models to R445 000 for the latest 2021 used models. 

Renault Captur

Another very popular model and one of Renault’s top sellers, the Captur is a modern, youthful SUV that combines form, function and fun. It won the 2020 Auto Express Small SUV of the Year award and also boasted a top position as the Most Highly Rated Car of 2016 at the Honest John Awards. Features include LED daytime running lights, steering wheel controls, four airbags with ABS and stability control, and air conditioning with automatic climate control. Boot space is ample and can be further increased by collapsing the rear seats. Prices start at a reasonable R170 000 for most 2018 models and can go up to around R299 000 for 2020 models. 

Toyota Rush

A more recent addition to the market, the Rush features an impressively spacious boot of 609 litres and is built to transport 5 adults comfortably. The most recent facelift rendition features a more sophisticated exterior design that doesn’t scream edgy but rather strong and confident. The Rush features an infotainment system with a touchscreen and basic steering wheel controls, 17” wheels and very stylish finishes within the interior cabin. Perfect for large families who need lots of space and a reliable, quality vehicle, you can expect to find a used Toyota Rush for anywhere between R205 000 and R350 000. 

Honda BR-V

Another model aimed at making SUVs affordable for the average-income market, Honda’s BR-V stands out in that it is a seven-seater, rather than most others in its class bracket that only offers five seats. Honda’s signature sophistication in terms of exterior design is clear with this model, and interior finishes are made from quality materials throughout. It’s powered by a 1.5-litre engine and is fitted with an audio touchscreen system and reverse park assist camera. The BR-V is made with transportation as the main priority, and in that sense, it’s a very straight-forward vehicle that focuses on its 7-seat configuration more than on extra bells and whistles. If you’re looking for a simple means of transport for city commuting, it’s great. If you’re looking for a family car to use for road trips and expect other SUVs’ comfort levels, it probably won’t fit your needs. The BR-V is available from between R180 000 and R335 000 for used models between 2018 and 2020.

If you’re interested in buying a used SUV for sale but aren’t sure which models will be best for your individual needs, take a look at our selection online or contact us for assistance.

Uploaded 2 days ago

Car Parts: Genuine Vs Generic

Car Parts: Genuine Vs Generic

An important part of owning a car is keeping it in good running condition, but as we all know, services and car parts aren’t cheap. Life is becoming increasingly expensive, so it’s understandable that you’d want to find the most affordable ways to get all those important things taken care of - including your car. If you’re on a tight budget, you’d be happy to know that there is an option beyond genuine parts to fit onto your vehicle, and that comes in the form of generic alternatives. Manufactured and sold at a significantly lower price than what you’d pay for the original parts from the manufacturer, generic parts allow people to maintain their cars on a budget. But what are the differences really, and is it safe to opt for anything generic when it comes to something as important as the set of wheels you drive around with every day? Today we explore what the smartest choices are when it comes to choosing car parts and what to request from the best car repair workshop the next time you visit. 

What Is The Difference Between The Two?

Essentially, there isn’t a big difference. Generic parts are typically directly reverse-engineered from the original components and look exactly the same. In fact, often, the difference between the two comes down to a brand name or packaging. Original parts are also called OEM, or Original Equipment Manufacturer, which means they’re the exact same parts your car was fitted with when it was originally assembled. Generic parts are very much like generic medication: they were designed to be exact replicas of the original.

Is It Safe To Have Generic Parts Installed?

A lot of car manufacturers and manufacturer-approved service technicians insist that it’s unwise and unsafe to install generic parts in your vehicle if you care about its longevity and your own safety. However, as long as you purchase parts from a reputable retailer or auto parts franchise, the choice to buy a generic part should be quite safe. One aspect that may differ is that generic car parts may not have the same warranty as original parts - or may not even come with any warranty at all, but this comes as part of the territory as you’re paying less for the part. Another potential problem you may run into is that the actual materials used to make the part may not be as durable as the OEM version, which means it may wear down much sooner and have a reduced lifespan than the more expensive OEM part. 

Ultimately, if you’re presented with the option of going for OEM or generic parts, be sure to find out about the reputation of the brand being offered to you. If a trusted car parts franchise sells generic parts and recommends them, you should be quite safe in making the purchase.

Again, just be aware that while the part will cost you significantly less, the old adage of “you get what you pay for” always rings true, so don’t expect the exact same durability and lifespan when asking for a generic part at the best car repair workshop in your area. Get in touch with our team at Motus Select to learn more about our car repair services.

 

Uploaded 3 days ago

Automotive retail group launches first true digital brand - Motus.cars

Automotive retail group launches first true digital brand - Motus.cars

Corne Venter, CEO of the retail and rental division of MOTUS HOLDINGS LIMITED South Africa, discusses the launch of digital brand Motus.cars, the new emotive brand campaign, as well as the importance of having a real dealer network behind all of their cars.

 

Uploaded 6 days ago

Road Accident To-Dos

Road Accident To-Dos

One of the most dreaded things to think about as a car driver or passenger is the possibility of ending up in a car accident at some point in time. No matter how careful and responsible you are, sometimes things go wrong, and situations develop that are out of your control. While the best prevention is vigilance and defensive driving, it’s vital to prepare for what to do if you find yourself in a car accident so you can operate within legal bounds at all times and get your car to a car repair workshop once everything has been dealt with.

  1. Stay On The Scene

Sometimes the sheer panic and adrenaline of a situation like this cause you to want to flee and escape. Whatever you do, don’t ever leave the scene of an accident - you could be criminally prosecuted, especially if there were severe injuries and damage to other cars. 

  1. Put Your Hazard Lights On To Alert Oncoming Traffic

It’s essential to give approaching vehicles a heads up to slow down and avoid worsening the situation. You can do this by immediately turning your hazard lights on and placing an emergency triangle a few meters away from your car, facing oncoming traffic. Make sure that it’s safe, and watch out for oncoming cars before attempting to get out of your car. 

  1. Check On Other Passengers And Drivers

If anyone else was involved in the collision or accident, go and check on their condition - if you see that there are injuries and that someone may require medical attention, call for an ambulance or emergency services right away. 

 

  1. Move Any Clutter And Debris Out Of The Road

If there’s a possibility for other cars to continue passing the accident scene and the road isn’t completely obstructed, move loose panels and any debris out of their way. You can also try to move your car to the shoulder of the road if it’s drivable and safe to do so. If the police arrive at the scene, follow their instructions and don’t move vehicles unless they have made preparations by guiding traffic and saying it’s safe. 

  1. Exchange Information With Other Parties

It’s imperative to get contact details and other information from all other parties involved in the car accident. You’ll need this for the police report and for any insurance claims you’ll have to make. Be sure to get the other driver(s) full name, ID number, phone number, license plate number, make and model of their car, insurer details, time and date of the accident, and any eyewitness reports along with their contact details. Taking photographs of the accident scene and getting detailed shots of the vehicles will also be very helpful as evidence. 

Once you’ve followed these steps, you can contact your insurer’s emergency roadside assistance to collect your vehicle and take it to an approved car repair workshop. If you do ever find yourself in trouble or in need of a fixup, get in touch with our team at Motus Select.

Uploaded 1 week ago

Advanced Driving: What it is & the Benefit to Your Ride

Advanced Driving: What it is & the Benefit to Your Ride

Considering the amount of time we spend driving and the everyday risks involved in being on the roads, it’s worrying to think that perhaps you’re still actually a novice at driving. For most people, that is the case. However, very few people ever continue improving their driving tactics once they’ve gotten their driver’s license. While it’s not really common knowledge that there are many levels to driving skill development, it only seems sensible that you should spend a good amount of time refining and improving your driving style so that you can keep yourself - and others on the road - as safe as possible.

Advanced driving courses offer you the opportunity to become a better driver and teach you crucial skills to avoid accidents and keep your vehicle safe from needing unexpected car service and repair.

Who Are Advanced Driving Courses For?

Well, everyone who drives, basically. Car journalists and professional drivers undergo extra training through advanced driving courses to ensure that they can handle powerful vehicles. These courses can be a life-preserving investment for anyone who wants to drive with more confidence and know-how to handle unexpected situations. 

What Do Advanced Driving Courses Involve And What Kinds Are There?

There are various types of courses to take, each offering unique benefits to make you a better driver. Defensive driving courses teach you to be extra vigilant and know what to look out for on the road. You’ll also learn how to steer and counter-steer if your car slides unexpectedly to prevent rolling. Hijack prevention courses are aimed at teaching you what to be aware of in case of hijacking situations, how to understand typical criminal behavior and tactics in this scenario, and how to escape or evade a hijacking safely.

4x4 Driving Courses are ideal for anyone who owns a luxury SUV or 4x4 vehicle and wants to really get the most out of driving them. You’ll be trained on a variety of terrains and be subjected to every conceivable off-road situation, including gravel hill climbs, muddy slopes, uphill and downhill slopes, as well as very challenging dongas and water-filled zones. During this course, you’ll learn about all the various functions of your vehicle and the correct tactics to use to navigate any landscape.

Lastly, there are high-performing courses. This course will have you training on a race track at high speeds to learn how to handle your vehicle, navigate turns, and know when to speed up, slow down, and change gears at just the right time. This is a crucial course for anyone to undergo if they’ve recently acquired a luxury sports vehicle or any vehicle with a high-performance engine and aren’t used to handling so much power.

If you drive one of most of the popular brands in South Africa, including BMW, VW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, and others, you can contact them directly for the contact details of a recommended advanced driving school. 

Be safe on the roads and avoid accident-related car service and repair by registering for an advanced driving course today. If you do ever find yourself in trouble or in need of a fixup, get in touch with our team at Motus Select.

Uploaded 1 week ago

The Evolution of the SUV: Get Yours Today

The Evolution of the SUV: Get Yours Today

The SUV style of motor vehicles has adopted an interesting fanbase over the years, with a surprising evolution in popularity. Initially known to be associated with manly adventure vehicles and sporty families who hit the mountain trails every weekend, it has now also become the vehicle of choice for soccer moms and city-dwelling executives.

The surge in popularity of the SUV has given formerly popular heavy hitters like sedans and station wagons a massive knock down the ranks, claiming a top spot as one of the most desired kinds of vehicles on the market. How did it achieve such a broad consumer interest, and where do SUVs originate from?

Read on to discover some of the lesser-known facts about these vehicles, and you’ll soon be very eager to also look at buying a used SUV for sale.

What The Term ‘SUV’ Actually Means

The notion of an SUV, or Sports Utility Vehicle, is based on the characteristic of a vehicle that is equally capable on the road as well as on rough terrain and more difficult to navigate the territory. Defining features usually include a much higher ground clearance than standard vehicles and often include four-wheel drive capacity. In spite of this general consensus, there isn’t really a specific set of qualifying criteria to decide what makes a vehicle an SUV.

Generally speaking, it’s now become agreed upon that the term is quite a broad classification for a vehicle that has integrated features and capabilities to handle off-road conditions. To further complicate the definition, we also now have several iterations that fall under this classification, in the form of crossover SUVs, mini SUVs, as well as mid-size and full-size SUVs thrown into the mix. The baby boomer generation who were fervent fans of the first and original SUVs may argue that these modern-day versions absolutely do not qualify as the real deal, but if Land Rover and the like who pioneered the commercial SUV, feel it’s valid, who would dare argue otherwise?

SUVs: The Origin Story

If you thought the SUV is a reasonably recent development in the car market, you might be surprised to know that the original SUV as we know it today dates back nearly forty years. According to avid car enthusiasts, the very first vehicle that qualified as an SUV as we now interpret it was the 1984 Jeep Cherokee (XJ), although the main credit for being the original SUV tends to be given to the 1990 Ford Explorer. Inspiration for the modern-day SUV stems all the way back to the Second World War in the early 1940s, with the creation of the Willys Jeep, which could successfully take on almost any terrain to transport people and equipment.  Once the war was over, there was no need for these vehicles, but Maurice Wilks - the founder of Rover, which would go on to become Land Rover - decided this concept should be continued and re-imagined a bit. That’s when he took the chassis from a Willys Jeep and combined it with the engine of a RoverP3, built an aluminum body, and introduced it as an agriculture vehicle. The classic Land Rover design it was built on ended up becoming the official vehicle of the British military. Meanwhile, the US government approached Toyota in Japan and requested the creation of a tough military vehicle that would even outdo the Land Rover. Inspired by Jeep and Land Rover, Toyota went on to make what is arguably one of the best SUVs ever produced: the great-grandfather of what would eventually become the Toyota Land Cruiser. 

The Expansion Into The Global Market

The popularity and effectiveness of the SUV took off, with military organisations around the world seeking and adopting them as the preferred vehicle for troop and equipment transport. This gave way to the creation and rise of other very popular and well-known vehicle brands, including Hummer, which was introduced to the consumer market in 1992 and was strongly based on the design of the US military’s M998 Humvee vehicle. Ford contributed their part to the market when it first released the Ford Explorer in 1990/1991. The sophisticated luxury brand Range Rover has also unveiled thanks to these origins and was initially a side project of Land Rover to create a larger variant of their models; but eventually, they teamed up with Jaguar to create what became entirely synonymous with the upper crust, luxury vehicles, specialising exclusively in SUV models. This inspired other luxury car brands like BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, Porsche and others to create their own variants of a luxury SUV for the executive consumer market.

What initially started as a solution to military transportation needs to be evolved into a practical and rugged off-road consumer vehicle, which then further evolved into a high-spec luxury-class vehicle. SUVs went from being for adventurers and cross-country travelers to entering the standard road use market but were still beyond the reach of most average-income families and individuals because of the high price tag. It was only when manufacturers of affordable cars like Toyota, Nissan, Hyundai, KIA, and others began creating SUVs that weren’t packed to the rafters with features, thereby making them less expensive, that the global consumer market finally had a chance to own what was always a very expensive and rare type of vehicle to see on the roads. Today, SUVs have become remarkably affordable and, while initially, they didn’t come with any luxury features for the average-income variants, today you can buy an SUV and find some of the most state-of-the-art features as standard, along with some of the highest safety and performance rankings for any vehicle on the market. Knowing all this, isn’t it time you invested in a piece of the historical legacy by getting yourself behind the wheel of a used SUV for sale?

All articles